Mavericks

Rogue Waves Injure Surf Spectators

As a crowd thousands-strong watched the Mavericks Surf Contest in Princeton-by-the-Sea, California, powerful rogue waves unexpectedly crashed over the beach, sweeping away awards stands and medical tents. A man in his sixties was taken away by paramedics when he was toppled by a wave before being trampled by the crowd fleeing the surf. Another woman likely suffered a broken wrist. "We're here ever year and we get rogue waves but nothing like this," she said. People desperately climbed bluffs to get away from the waves, even though the area was off limits. Firefighters and paramedics remained on the scene, expecting conditions to worsen.